No Fixed Amount 

Type of Program:

Wage Subsidy


The Youth in Natural Resources program offers eligible employers salary coverage to create STEM-related jobs within natural resources sectors and/or with a positive environmental outcome.

Comments on Funding:

Funding will cover up to 80% of a candidates wages.
Additional funding is available for underrepresented groups.

When It Ends:

Accepting applications


Rolling deadline


Applicants/host organizations must:

  • be organizations that are Canadian owned or Canadian subsidiaries, municipal or provincial government departments,
  • provide a full-time work placement and training opportunities in an environmental role,
  • hire a new employee for a position connected to one of the four Natural Resource sectors, or be an organization interested in processes with a positive environmental outcome.

Natural Resources sectors that qualify for funding include:

  • Energy Sector - Clean Energy Technology; Energy Efficiency/Fuel Switching; Transmission, Smart Grid, Energy Storage; Sustainable Development of Non-Renewable Resources;
  • Forest sector - Forestry and Support Activities; Ecology & Management; Non-Traditional Forest-Based Bioeconomy Products Manufacturing; Solid Wood Product Manufacturing; Pulp & Paper Product Manufacturing;
  • Mining, Minerals & Metals Sector - Prospecting & Exploration; Processing & Manufacturing, Construction & Development; Mining Supply & Services; Extraction & Milling; Reclamation Closure & maintenance;
  • Earth Sciences & Support Sector - Environmental Assessment; Natural Hazard Risk Analysis & Prevention; Environmental Protection; Geomatics & Earth Observation; Sustainable Development.

Interns must (fewer criteria identified):

  • be 30 years of age or younger,
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or have refugee status,
  • currently unemployed or underemployed.

Applications Steps:

Applicants must:


Take the eligibility Quiz and complete the online host application to get approved,


Find a Candidate for the approved position and have them apply (Employer hosts and approved Candidate become linked and contracts are issued.),

ECO Canada customer support team will finalize the match with the new hire. 

Other Things to Note:

  1. 1
    The Science Horizons Internship, Youth in Natural Resources and Environmental Employability Pathways are open for applications. Candidates wishing to apply for Digital Skills for Youth may be waitlisted at this time.
  2. 2
    ECO Canada, in partnership with Natural Resources Canada, provides wage funding for employers looking to onboard young professionals for full-time work placements and job training.
  3. 3
    Those who apply to be an employer in Generation Power (a program of the Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise (ICE)), must apply for the wage subsidy through ECO Canada. 


About the author 


Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
Click here to learn more about Moe's background and how he can help your business.


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